Gilded Archeological Dig frame with Utu and possible next steps for my art

With most of the smaller stuff I have made since 2017, I have tried to play with influences from the last couple of centuries – but with this frame I tried to play with something found in the earth. The print in the center makes it look kinda new, that is true – but I would like to research ways to change that as well.

Maybe a painting with laser print image transfer on a painting  could be the next step instead of fancy matte prints. Maybe I should work with concrete or a more stone like material – and connect everything using thick iron wire, 3mm or so. And it will be rusty or blackened, no need to ask. 

Why would I want that? And why would I also make sure everybody can see it is not from the past? In popular culture, we always go towards a glorious future with the progression of time – but it does not need to be. Archeology/history has shown that this is most most definitely not the case. And with climate change and all, we might not come out on top.

For me these artworks are ‘proof’ of a continued human presence – even without the technology of today. Or maybe this presence is not human, but another animal that learns how to use tools and develops their brain. There are people who have pointed out that other monkeys/primates have entered a development that we could call ‘the stone age.’

My name is YuriGoul, I am not a politician – I am an artist. I live and work in Berlin (DE) and the subject matter of my art is time.

Materials: Fiber composite material, print, paint,
Print: Photolux Professional Matte 230 
Dimensions: 60 x 60 cm

Hourglass Ceiling Ornament (2015/2019)

This one has been underway for a long time, never could find the right images for it. Now it has ‘The eye of god’ in the center. A lot of painted ceiling ornaments have an eye of god of some sorts in it – so that is only fitting.

Materials: Fiber composite material, print, paint, rusty screws
Print: Litho archive Matte / Photolux Professional Matte 230 
Dimensions: 105×115 cm

Work in progress: Nature meets City I (2020-2021?)

This is growing into a new series: nature meets city – part cityscape part landscape.  Made a lot of cityscapes over the year and I started to notice two things that interested me the most. If I was working from a tower or so, those are mostly in the middle of the city – or what used to be an important point, like a harbor. And I had the tendency to zoom in on edge of the towns, its borders in the landscapes. Or, when standing outside of a city on a high place, I tended to focus on the borders from the other direction – or focus on patches of nature in the cities.

I know we can hardly call it nature with the anthropocene and all, but still.

Pictures taken in Hamburg and Berlin.

The white one (2018)

There is also a blue and a red variant of this ornament but with different pictures and some ornamentals are also different. There was an open call for proposals – not sure what it was about anymore – but my answer would have been a play with tradition and the red, white and blue variants of this ornament as a flag. 

Materials: Fiber composite material print, ink, paint, pigments, nail polish
Print: Litho archive matte / Photolux Professional Matte 230 
Dimensions: 85 cm * 65 cm

English Salon Frame with a Mountain Landscape (2019)

I am dutch and I never ventured into mountainous landscapes, so when I finally went there, I asked on a forum what kind of lenses I should bring. I somehow thought I would most certainly not need any wide angle lenses.

Did I already say, I’d never been to the mountains?

Anyway, I had an 18mm wide angle lens with me and sometimes had to take multiple images, because it simply would not fit into the frame. Mountains are huge, can confirm. Valleys can be even bigger.

This picture, however, was made with a zoom lens.

Materials: fiber composite material, print, paint, pigments
Print:  Photolux Professional Matte 230 
Dimensions: 40×40 cm